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MCHS TB patient in isolation, first round of testing complete

A person at Miller County High School is in isolation after testing positive for tuberculosis. (Source: WALB) A person at Miller County High School is in isolation after testing positive for tuberculosis. (Source: WALB)
MILLER CO., GA (WALB) -

A person at Miller County High School is in isolation after testing positive for tuberculosis. 

The 250 members of the faculty, staff, and students at Miller County High School, have been tested.  

Less than 5 percent came back with positive results, which means they have TB in their system, but it does not mean they have the active TB.

Just because they have a positive result, doesn't mean that they will actually develop the active TB.

Chanae Forrest, a parent, says she has faith the school is taking every precaution. 

"They've tested and contacted everyone who that person came in contact with. So that's the proper procedure and I feel like they followed it properly and they're handling it appropriately," said Forrest.

"I know we live in a world where so many worry about these pathogens and things that are contagious. This is very low contage and it is treatable. So that's the thing that  we want to get out to people that it is," said Miller County Superintendent Jimmy Phillips.

The free testing is still ongoing for other students, faculty, and staff who may have been in contact with the individual. 

The Southwest Public Health District is working with the Miller County Health Department to send out letters with recommendations on what to do next for those people who tested positive. 

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